Both coupe and Spyder variants of the new Ferrari F430 will replace the departing 360 Modena, which is fractionally smaller and offers 90 fewer horses. In addition to a significant boost in horsepower, torque is also up 68 lb.-ft. to 343. Furthermore, when compared with the outgoing 360 model, the Ferrari F430 line includes a more sophisticated exterior design, thanks to new headlight and taillight treatments, revised front and rear fascias, and larger side vents that blend better with the F430’s accent lines. The F430 Spyder swaps out the smooth lines of the hardtop for an automatic retractable soft top which folds neatly into a pocket rear of the integrated roll bars.
Supercar aficionados, call your contractor and get him working – you’ll need a new stall added to your stables for the 2005 Ferrari F430 Spyder.
Buyers will have the choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
Ferrari claims that the 2005 F430 Spyder will sprint from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds, with a top speed of 193 mph. Be careful – that’s fast enough to rip out your hair plugs or strip the bleach from your mane. Brembo drilled discs, measuring 13 inches, work with antilock braking to slow things down, and traction control kicks in when things get really hairy.
Adding to the overall driving experience is the F430 Spyder’s improved weight distribution, with 43 percent of the weight carried up front and 57 percent out back (compared to the outgoing 360’s 42/58 distribution).
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